Course description

Who should attend? 

Those who need additional skills in how to prepare, manoeuvre and drive a range of ambulance vehicles in line with current legislation and driving regulations, including in normal and adverse weather conditions and in the dark. You must be 18 or older and have a valid UK driving licence to attend this course. 

If you would like to register for a place, please complete this short form. 

Course duration 

 Four days 

 Topics covered 

  • How to undertake pre-shift checks 
  • Driving defensively 
  • Using a vehicle’s braking, steering, transmission and safety systems 
  • Speed control 
  • Driving on dual carriageways and motorways 
  • How to safely negotiate bends 
  • Reversing 
  • Overtaking 
  • Using navigation aids 
  • Driving in adverse and dark conditions.


The course was intense but thoroughly enjoyable because of the excellent and engaging teaching style of St John Ambulance’s advanced instructors. The theory exams were less stressful than I expected because of the great theory sessions we had in the classroom. Matt S. - Course participant

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Assessment and certification


The course is split into 2 parts: there are 27 taught course hours and 33 additional, self-taught Guided Learning hours, which the delegate must complete outside of the classroom. The total Qualification Time is 60 hours. 

All our trainers are highly skilled specialist instructors, able to adapt their teaching style to meet each learner’s needs. We offer individual, end-to-end support to each learner; this might include extra help with portfolio work, getting the most out of the self-taught Guided Learning Hours, or assistance with arranging placements to practice your newly acquired skills.  

This qualification is internally assessed and internally quality assured by St John Ambulance staff and externally quality assured by FutureQuals External Quality Advisors. 


Successful delegates will receive a certificate from FutureQuals valid for 5 years. After this, you will need to take a requalifying assessment. 

Any questions?

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